The female brain gets exposed to many roller coaster rides due to the constant changes in hormone levels in the female body. One very prominent change is the change in gray matter concentration in different parts of the female brain after giving birth. Some studies show that the changes in the female brain can be detected up to two years after giving birth. The reduction in gray matter is also detected in areas of the brain including the hippocampus which is the hub for making new memories. No wonder new mothers notice a significant change in their memory retention capabilities.
Mood enhancement is equally as important of a task as attention enhancement when it comes to memory formation. Memory formation relies on many neurotransmitters that are only released in periods of good mood and for emotional reinforcements. Supporting healthy neurotransmitter levels makes for both energy enhancement and memory enhancement.
Some of the prominent neurotransmitter enhancing botanicals include Mucuna pruriens which enhances the feel-good, rewarding neurotransmitter Dopamine. Dopamine plays a role in memory formation as well as positive reinforcement and good mood.
On the other hand, the botanical Ginkgo biloba plays a role in the enhancement of acetylcholine levels. Acetylcholine is the neurotransmitter of memory formation. It sends signals through the nerves and makes for the creation of short-term memories.
Botanicals that support hormone levels, such as Hops may also play a role in both calming the nervous system and enhancing estrogen levels which was shown to enhance the overall mood of new mothers.